Siemens Gamesa nets Neart na Gaoithe contract

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has announced the firm order to supply wind turbines for the Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind power project, being developed by the utility EDF Renewables in Scotland.

The company will install 54 of its
SG 8.0-167 DD offshore turbines, each with a 167 metre rotor diameter and a 208 metre tip height. This project will use 81 metre-long B81 blades produced on the re-modelled production lines of the SGRE factory in Hull.

“Receiving the firm order for the Neart na Gaoithe project from EDF Renewables UK is excellent news for Siemens Gamesa. We’re fully prepared to deliver our reliable SGRE offshore Direct Drive technology, and to doing our part to deliver clean energy to approximately 375,000 Scottish households when the project is in operation,”
stated Andreas Nauen, CEO of the Offshore Business Unit of Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy.

The 448 MW
Neart na Gaoithe is expected to be operational by 2023, and the total investment required to deliver the project is estimated to be in the region of £1.8 billion. The project is located 20 km from the east coast of Scotland, and close to the Port of Dundee, where pre-assembly work will take place.

It was awarded a CfD by LCCC in February 2015, with a strike price of £114.39/MWh. Developers Mainstream Renewable Power are in the process of progressing towards financial close with work expected to start on the project in 2020 and the first commercial supply of electricity in 2023.
Once fully operational, it is expected to generate electricity for around 375,000 homes, or all of the domestic properties in a city the size of Edinburgh, and displace 400,000 tons of CO2 annually.

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